2010-11 Suns Oct-Nov Gallery
January 1, 2010
Denver Coach George Karl and Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry had the same thing in mind before the Suns and Nuggets played on November 28.
The Nuggets jumped on the Suns early by scoring the first 10 points of the game and held 13 point lead at the end of the first quarter despite Jason Richardsons eight points in a three minute period.
The scoring tempo picked up considerably the rest of the way with the Suns outscoring the Nuggets 39-37 in the second period aide by Hedo Tukoglus 13 points.
The run-and-gun continued in the second half with the Suns scoring another 32 points in the third quarter but giving up 39 to trail by 16 going to the final period. Channing Frye scored 10 for the Suns in the quarter.
The Suns were able to close within one point on a Steve Nash three point play but the ensuing inbounds play was ruled a foul on Nash instead of a turnover by Chauncey Billips and the Nuggets made six consecutive free throws to put away a 138-133 win.
Richardson scored 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Suns.
Nash finished with 17 points and 11 assists.
Josh Childress came off the bench to score 16 points.
Hakim Warrick scored eight points to go with 9 rebounds in his first time in the starting lineup.
Grant Hill scored 11 points and handed out four assists.
The Suns and Jason Richardson started on fire against the Clippers on November 26. JR scored the first eight points for the Suns and 17 in the first eight minutes of the game.
The Suns took a 25 point lead only to see the Clippers close to within four in the third period. The Suns built the lead back to 17 with Nash contributing 10 assists through three periods.
Hakin Warrick scored 25 points for the Suns and Phoenix hung on to defeat the Clippers 116-108.
Goran Dragic came off the bench to contribute nine points.
Grant Hill scored 12 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds.
Richardson finished with 29 points including five three pointers.
Nash scored 16 points and handed out 10 assists.
In their first home game after a four game road trip, the Suns came out firing. Nash scored 5, Turkoglu 5, Richardson 9, Frye 7, and Hill 6 for 32 of the 36 points in the first quarter.
Hakim Warrick scored the other four points in the first quarter to help the Suns to a 36-17 lead but he was just getting started.
Warrick scored 19 more points in the second period and the Suns took a 62-50 lead to the locker room.
The second half belonged to the number 12. Hill scored 12 points in the 12 minutes of the quarter to help the Suns maintain their 12 point halftime lead after three periods. The Bulls outscored the Suns by 12 in the last 12 minutes to force overtime.
Chicago took the lead with 2:26 left in overtime but a Richardson three pointer to give the Suns a 108-107 lead with 1:04 left. The Bulls scored with 0.1 seconds remaining to send the game to a second overtime.
Nash and the Suns were surrounded the entire second overtime and lost to the Bulls 123-115.
Grant Hill and the Suns completed a four game road trip in Houston on November 22.
Steve Nash returned to the Suns lineup after missing two games and scored 10 points to go with five assists to help the Suns to a 59-45 halftime advantage.
Hakin Warrick came off the bench to score 10 points for the Suns. The bench contributed 26 points for the game. The lead remained 14 points after three quarters.
The Rockets closed to within three points with 2:57 remaining when Grant Hill tipped a rebound to Hedo Turkoglu who sank a three pointer to push the lead back to six.
Jason Richardson then scored 10 of the Suns last 14 points, eight on free throws, to keep the Suns in the lead. JR finished with a game high 26 points.
A jumper and two free throws by Nash nailed down the 123-116 win over the Rockets. Nash scored 24 points and added nine assists in his return.
Goren Dragic once again started for the injured Steve Nash when Phoenix visited Charlotte on November 20. Dragic scored a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists but the Suns fell to the Bobcats 123-105.
Dragic also helped on the defensive end with this block as Grant Hill takes the charge. Hill finished with a team-high 23 points.
Channing Frye blocked two shots while scoring 11 points and adding six rebounds.
Hedo Turkoglu was one of six Suns in double figures with 18 points.
Steve Nash tests his groin strain before the Suns game against the Orlando Magic on November 18. Nash was unable to play in the game.
Goran Dragic replaced Nash inthe starting lineup and finished with 10 points and four assists.
With Nash sidelined, the Magic jumped to a 31-15 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back. Hill led the Suns with 21 points.
The Suns again could not find their three point game, making only three, and the Magic cruised to a 105-89 victory.
Josh Childress continued his impressive play despite the injured finger on his shooting hand.
Garret Siler found some significant playing time with Robin Lopez out and Channing Frye in foul trouble.
Jared Dudley found himself playing some point guard with Nash unavailable. Dudley scored 11 points on the night.
Earl Clark was able to get 15 minutes of playing time and responded with 12 points and six rebounds.
Hakim Warrick scores on a drive.
Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns started a four game road trip in Miami on November 17.
Grant Hill scored 15 points in the game and helped the Suns stay close at the end of one period, 27-24.
The three pointers weren't falling for the Suns and only Nash scored in double figures in the first half with 10 and Miami took a 64-43 lead at the break. Nash led the Suns in scoring with 17 points.
Jason Richardson contributed 11 points in the game but the Heat scored 12 straight points after the Suns closed within 14 points and Miami led 100-73 after three periods.
Goran Dragic came off the bench to score 11 points for the Suns.
Recently signed Earl Barron made his first appearance for the Suns in the Heat's 123-96 victory.
Hakim Warrick came off the bench to score 21 points and lead the Suns to a 100-94 victory over the Denver Nuggets on November 15.
Channing Frye moved into the starting lineup with Robin Lopez out for a few weeks with a knee injury. Frye responded with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Earl Clark received some playing time in Frye's spot off the bench.
Coach Alvin Gentry watched as the Suns dug themselves into a 15 point hole in the second period.
Steve Nash was the only Suns player in double figures at halftime with 10 points and the Suns trailed by 12.
Hedo Turkoglu again hit big shots. WIth 6:28 to play, his three point play gave the Suns the lead for the first time since the opening quarter. The Suns would not give up the lead the rest of the way.
After setting a franchise record with 22 three point shots the previous night, the Suns made only four of 20 against the Nuggets. But, Nash hit a critical one that gave the Suns a six point lead with 2:31 left in the game.
Hedo followed with another three pointer that gave the Suns a 98-89 lead with 2:50 remaining. Turkoglu scored eight points in the final period.
Grant Hill drew the defensive assignment on Carmelo Anthony and held him to 20 points while scoring 14 of his own.
Josh Childress scored 10 points to help the Suns bench outscore the Nuggets bench 36-27. Josh also contributed eight rebounds.
Jason Richardson scored 11 points for the Suns.
Coach Alvin Gentry was relaxed and ready as the Suns visited the Los Angeles Lakers on November 13.
Jason Richardson scored the first and last points for the Suns and totaled 35 for the game as the Suns won 121-116.
Robin Lopez blocked a shot early but exited with two quick fouls.
Channing Frye came off the bench early to score eight of his 20 points points in the first period to keep the Suns within two of the Lakers 25-23.
Goran Dragic hit consecutive three pointers in the second period and the Suns were within one, 36-35. Dragic added another three pointer later and finished with nine points.
Steve Nash passed for three quick assists in the second period as the Suns took the lead at the half 56-53. Nash totaled 13 assists in the game.
After the Lakers took the lead early in the third quarter, Grant Hill scored on consecutive possessions to give the Suns the lead for good, 67-64. Hill finished with eight points.
Hakin Warrick came off the bench for six points.
Jared Dudley hit a three pointer and helped the Suns bench outscore the Lakers bench 40-22.
Alvin Gentry encourages the reserves during run that gave the Suns an eight point lead with nine minutes left.
Nash scored eight straight points for the Suns after the Lakers closed to within two with 4:49 remaining. Nash hit clutch free throws at the end for 21 points in the game.